BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Wood was full despite feeling like he’d been beaten by a baby rhinoceros

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BUMBLE AT THE TEST: Mark Wood felt like he had been beaten by a baby rhinoceros on day one, so it was a top attempt to come back and take three wickets…while mulling with Colin de Grandhomme the new Beefy is

  • England’s fast bowler Mark Wood strained every string to take three wickets
  • Colin De Grandhomme from New Zealand showed off a beautiful mullet at Lord’s
  • Drinking breaks contributed to the slow overspeed on the second day of the first test

Great on air interview with Mark Wood before playing.

He gave up everything he called a ‘real’ test pitch on the first day and said afterwards that his body felt like it had been beaten by a baby rhinoceros!

English fast bowler Mark Wood strained every string to collect three wickets in the morning

English fast bowler Mark Wood strained every string to collect three wickets in the morning

So that was a top attempt to strain every tendon and take three wickets in the morning session.

As always Wood was full.

Batsmen nowadays…

It took 35 minutes for the batsmen to ask for a drink.

A little research tells me that in the 1950s, teams made their overs at 24.64 an hour in Tests in England.

Drinking breaks contributed to the slow overspeed on the second day of the first test

Drinking breaks contributed to the slow overspeed on the second day of the first test

Drinking breaks contributed to the slow overspeed on the second day of the first test

That’s dropped every decade to where we are today – 1:27 p.m. an hour.

Where will it end?

Cheers to the pubs!

I have been to London for the first time in about 18 months and there is no doubt that things still feel different.

But I went to a lovely pub in Hampstead called The Holly Bush. It’s as if time has stood still. They have delicious real beer and good food too.

The hospitality industry has done an amazing job of fighting through the pandemic.

Good of them.

Colin is the new Beefy

We got a good look at Colin de Grandhomme’s magnificent mullet when New Zealand performed.

It reminded me of Beefy in the 80’s when he talked about going to Hollywood to become the next Errol Flynn!

Colin de Grandhomme from New Zealand showed off his beautiful mullet at Lord's

Colin de Grandhomme from New Zealand showed off his beautiful mullet at Lord's

Colin de Grandhomme from New Zealand showed off his beautiful mullet at Lord’s

All the talk in the comment box was that De Grandhomme is a bit faster than Beefy was with the ball…

No Ben, no balance

Lots of talk about the lack of a spinner in the England team.

It’s always a problem without Ben Stokes to balance the side. If they had James Bracey at six to make way for a fifth bowler, it would give them such a long tail.

It underlines the value of the all-rounder – all major parties have one.

They are like gold dust.

Kiwis are right

I was chatting with Simon Doull about New Zealand. They have five million people, but are in the World Test Championship final.

They have a simple domestic formula: six teams play 10 games in each format. Quality over quantity. We are too often the other way around.

Call me David Shelby

Do you like my new ‘peky blinders’ cap, dear reader?

It’s a cracker, provided by my friend Lisa from Taylor Red London, who is also working on a new pork pie for me. I love a hat and a cap.

Sportsmail's David Lloyd wears his new 'peky blinker' cap during the first test at Lord's

Sportsmail's David Lloyd wears his new 'peky blinker' cap during the first test at Lord's

Sportsmail’s David Lloyd wears his new ‘peky blinker’ cap during the first test at Lord’s

When I had this beauty delivered, my wife said to me, “Not another one!” To which I replied: ‘How many handbags do you have…?’

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